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Botanica founder Judy Vanrenen at the J.Paul Getty Museum Garden.

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14 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group. Discover the magnificent gardens, mansions, museums and art galleries of California, as you travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Explore the gardens surrounding Vancouver before relaxing aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train with spectacular scenery. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTLACAN14
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Los Angeles to Calgary
Meals included: 22

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Los Angeles

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later, meet your fellow travellers and Botanical Guide at a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Three Nights: Los Angeles, Hilton Pasadena Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Getty Museum

Today visit the architectural masterpiece that is the J. Paul Getty Museum and explore the stunning gardens surrounding it.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Huntington Gardens

Explore the Huntington Gardens, sprawled over 207 acres with 14,000 different plant species and maintained by 40 gardeners.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 4. Lotus Land, Santa Barbara, Cambria

We visit Lotus Land, a fantasy world created with dramatic plant combinations and exotic hard landscaping, then travel on to Cambria.
Stay: Cambria, Pines Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Hearst Castle

Today, visit an amazing castle created by mining magnate William Randolph Hearst. We then continue on to San Francisco.
Stay: Two Nights: San Francisco, Parc 55 on Union Square
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. San Francisco Gardens

We visit Filoli, considered one of America’s finest gardens, then the San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. San Francisco to Victoria, Canada

Arrive into the beautiful city of Victoria on Vancouver Island and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour.
Stay: Two Nights: Victoria, Delta Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Visit the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and later visit a delightful private garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 9. Vancouver Sightseeing

Board a ferry to Vancouver this morning for a tour that includes the University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens.
Stay: Two Nights: Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 10. Vancouver & Van Dusen Gardens

Visit Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park Gardens before continuing on to Van Dusen Gardens, home to a large collection of ornamental plants.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 11. Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf class. Today see the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving into Kamloops.
Stay: Kamloops, GoldLeaf Service Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 12. Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

We continue our journey through the most picturesque places: Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and the glaciers and snow capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, on our way to Banff.
Stay: Banff, Fairmont Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Banff Sightseeing to Calgary

This morning we will explore the sites of Banff, including a gondola ride where you will enjoy picture postcard views. This afternoon we will make our way to Calgary where we will enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Calgary, Fairmont Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Depart Calgary


After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Filoli gardens, considered one of America’s finest gardens
  • See Hearst Castle & its gardens
  • Visit the fantasy world of Lotus Land in Santa Barbara
  • Visit the $1 billion J. Paul Getty Museum & Getty Villa
  • Visit Huntington Garden & art collection
  • Explore the picturesque city of Vancouver
  • Visit gardens in Vancouver including the University of British Colombia Botanical Gardens
  • Explore the famous Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island
  • Stay on Vancouver Island & enjoy a sightseeing tour
  • Travel through the magnificent Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide & Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers on first & last day of tour, tipping & porterage
  • 22 Meals – 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 6 Dinners           
  • Travel in a small group in a luxury vehicle
  • GoldLeaf Carriage aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Additional Information

Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/rail and internal flights only 

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